Budget Buster

Budget Buster

by The FleshtonesThe Fleshtones


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Starters of the rock & roll party since 1976, the Fleshtones are the band that refuses to quit, cranking out records and booking tours for their small but mighty fan base at a pace that puts most acts to shame. Given their prolific and generous nature, it's not surprising that the group has placed more than a few tracks on singles and compilations that aren't easy to find. But the Fleshtones have come to the aid of cash-strapped completists with the release of Budget Buster, a collection that brings together 12 rare sides in one affordable package. By this time, the Fleshtones have worked out pretty much all the nooks and crannies of their formula, and if you were hoping they'd finally unveil some rare dubstep experiment or Norwegian death metal tribute on this comp, you're going to be disappointed. But while plenty of groups save the cream of their material for their albums and toss out lesser tracks for indie singles or B-sides, that's clearly not how the Fleshtones work, and Budget Buster is a top-notch set of wailing Super Rock rarities. Collectively, this set delivers as strongly as any of their recent LPs (which have found the group in excellent form), and the sequencing gives it the ebb and flow of a for-real album. Their cover of Little Richard's "Dancing All Around the World" is as frantic as it should be, "Touch and Go" is an inspired exercise in wah-wah madness, "End of My Neighborhood" is a hard-charging screed against gentrification, "Everywhere Is Nowhere" includes a fine guest vocal from Mary Huff of Southern Culture on the Skids, and "The Band Drinks for Free" testifies that a great party and a great gig are still the goals of an evening with the Fleshtones. And if you've been wanting more Spanish-language Ten Years After covers in your life, Budget Buster features not one but two versions of "Ama Como un Hombre" that groove pleasingly. Budget Buster delivers conclusive proof that the Fleshtones make Quality Control their top priority, and even the pickiest garage rock maven will flip a wig over this.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/02/2018
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457249721
catalogNumber: 2497
Rank: 154040


  1. Dancing All Around the World
  2. I Surrender!
  3. Touch and Go
  4. Dominique Laboubee
  5. Ama Como un Hombre
  6. End of My Neighborhood
  7. B-Side
  8. The Band Drinks for Free
  9. Everywhere Is Nowhere
  10. Cardboard Casanova
  11. Let's Live
  12. Ama Mas

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fleshtones   Primary Artist
Peter Zaremba   Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Jim Diamond   Guitar
Bill Milhizer   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Mike Mills   Background Vocals
Jan Marek Pakulski   Background Vocals
Keith Streng   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Mary Huff   Vocals
Palmyra Delran   Background Vocals
Mike "Machine Gun" Edison   Background Vocals
Ken Fox   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Aldo Hernandez   Background Vocals
Tony Truant   Guitar
Lisa Kekaula   Background Vocals
Vibeke Saugestad   Background Vocals
Jorge Explosion   Guitar
Sergei Zaremba   Background Vocals
Steven Greenfield   Saxophone
Angel Kaplan   Background Vocals
Athanasia Kosmidis   Background Vocals
Joseph Loposky   Trumpet
Ana Morgar   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Fleshtones   Engineer
Alvin Lee   Composer
Peter Zaremba   Composer,Drawing
Jim Diamond   Engineer
Ivan Julian   Engineer
Keith Streng   Composer
Richard Penniman   Composer
Naomi Neville   Composer
Florent Barbier   Engineer
Peter Koelewijn   Composer
Jorge Explosion   Engineer
Nathan Golub   Layout
Mark Giblin   Composer

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